In 1948 healthcare in the United Kingdom became free of charge and the running of the hospital
passed to the newly formed National Health Service.
Governors and officials of Lytham Hospital at their last meeting on
July 1st, 1948.
Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 15 April 1954
row (from left): Mrs. D. Grime, Miss K.
M. Thompson (Matron), Mr. W. Latham (Hon. Secretary), Major J. Entwistle (Chairman), Major E. H.
Booth (President), Mr. G. D. Radford (Vice-Chairman), Mr.
R. T. Lewis (Hon. Treasurer), Dr. C. H. Wagner, Dr. T. W. G. Johnson.
Second row: Mr. W. Stevenson, Mr. W. Almond, Sister K. Donoghue, Mrs. B. E. Fothergill,
Mrs. J. Marsden, Mrs. P. F. Jackson, Lady Edge, Mrs. K. Edge, Miss E, M.
Spink, Mrs. J. Tweedale, Sister E. Dyson, Sister D.
Branthwaite, Mr. H. R. Appledore, Mr. C. Wilson, Dr. R. F. E. Harrington.
Back row: Dr. K. S. Macdonald-Smith, Mr. J. Tattersall, Miss M. Sutcliffe, Mr. H.
Craven, Mr. I. Coombes, Mrs M. O'Callaghan, Mr. T. T. Porteous, Mr. R. G. Fort, Mr. H.
P. Williams, Mr. F. H. Pickup, Mr. H. B. Taylor
Luftwaffe pilot says "Thanks"
A former German airman, shot down over the Ribble Estuary in April 1941, and operated on at
Lytham writes in an Easter message to the town. "In all these years I have thought of you with
Gunther Klemm was a 25-year-old Luftwaffe lieutenant who broke his arm when he
crashed. "I thank the Matron and nurses heartily for all their kindness." he
"This human treatment caused me fully to realise the absurdity of the war in which our
nations were entangled. With all my countrymen I wish that there may never more such war between
our two nations."
Sister A. Branthwaite remembers the airman being admitted. Her sister Miss D. Branthwaite, was
Matron at the time.